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Crowds and betting well up for day 5 at Ballybrit

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Galway bay fm newsroom – The much improved weather saw punters return in numbers to Ballybrit last evening

The attendance of just over 23 and a half thousand was just over 3 thousand up on the Friday meet last year

Betting was well up with the bookmakers taking in just under 1.4 million, 270 thousand euro more than last year

The Tote was also up with bets of 686 thousand euros, an increase of 95 thousand euro

The Noel Meade trained Curley Bill won the lucrative mile and a half Guinness Handicap, the feature race on Day 5.

Curley Bill is part owned by Philip and ‘Abbie’ Reynolds, sons of former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds.

It was also a stylish affair with the first ever ‘my fair lady contest’ won by a thrilled Patricia Carty from Mayo.

Meanwhile, a horse part owned by the late broadcaster Colm Murray will run in today’s meeting – Sweet my lord rides in the Ladbrokes handicap hurdle.

Today’s racing at Ballybrit gets underway at 2pm with full live coverage here on Galway Bay fm

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Local TD urges Government to support smaller hospitals as patients are left waiting on trolleys

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- A local TD is calling on the Government to lend more support to smaller hospitals as patients are left waiting on trolleys.

New figures released today show the trolley numbers as a percentage of the total bed capacity in each hospital.

While larger hospitals have more patients waiting on a bed, smaller hospitals have more patients on trolleys compared to the capacity of the hospital.

Independent TD for Roscommon-Galway, Denis Naughten, wants more resources for small hospitals:

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Plans for ‘habitable treehouse’ overlooking Killary Fjord in Connemara

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- Plans have been lodged for a ‘habitable treehouse’ overlooking Killary Fjord in Connemara.

The commercial treehouse would be located on the grounds of the estate of the Killary Adventure Company.

The proposed treehouse is billed as a luxury escape from normal life for guests – and would accommodate up to four people.

It would be placed on poles planted in the ground, as the surrounding woodland is of limited height and unable to carry a house of the size planned.

It’d be designed to blend into the environment and be essentially invisible from the fjord while maintaining a view.

The application acknowledges the design has to be eco-conscious in construction and sustainable in operation.

It adds the treehouse should provide comfortable spaces to spend time – but the idea is to offer the guests the possibility to stay outside as much as possible.

County planners are due to make a decision in February.

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N63 between Newbridge and Ballygar reopens following fatal road traffic collision

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- The N63 between Newbridge and Ballygar has reopened following a fatal road traffic collision yesterday afternoon.

The single vehicle collision happened on the N63 at approximately 12.45 pm.

The passenger in the car was pronounced dead at the scene.

His body has been taken to Portiuncula University Hospital where a post-mortem will take place.

The driver, also in his 20’s, was taken to hospital where he is receiving medical attention.

The road has since reopened and gardai are appealing for witnesses to contact them.

Anyone with any information in relation to this incident is asked to contact Ballinasloe Garda Station at 090 963 1890, the Garda Confidential Line at 1800 666 111, or any Garda station.

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